Dragon Quest XI, Echoes of an Elusive Age; Dragon Quest perfection personified ​

Dragon Quest games have become the ultimate RPG by some gamers’ standards because of everything that makes it great and even if some gamers do not see the Dragon Quest games as the ultimate RPG, I’m calling it that because it has everything that makes a great RPG. Many past Dragon Quest games had many great features such the time travel feature which was in Dragon Warrior VII and the tension builder in Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King.

All in all, the Dragon Quest franchise has made a lot of gamers happy worldwide, myself included, and I can say that the upcoming Dragon Quest game will not disappoint as its predecessors haven’t. The Dragon Quest game in question is Dragon Quest XI, and it is going to be the biggest Dragon Quest game since 8.

The game arrives with new heroes, new leader and a brand new set of everything that makes Dragon Quest a gaming household name. The first Dragon Quest game I played was Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, and I can say that I loved the game. I still play it to this very day; Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is going to be big, bigger than Dragon Quest IX was and here’s why.

The new hero and his origins

Now, a new hero is going to be at the forefront of everything that has to do with the entire game and I can say that he’s definitely stronger than any hero or leader that has come before him. The hero origins can be seen as mysterious but being the reincarnation of the Dragovian hero, it is without question that the hero is very powerful and has a very powerful history to boot.

Case in point

Also, the new hero wields a fearsome power in the form of a mark on his left hand which is said to harness powers unimaginable. Ultimately seen as a dark figure, I can say that there is nothing evil about the new hero and it baffles the mind why he is seen as evil. From what I can see, the hero is a misunderstood youth with a past that only elders of his village can relate to him.

Interestingly, I was under the impression that the game was going to focus more on the hero and him alone trying to find himself like the Hero in Dragon Quest VIII but the game has more in store for gamers such as the following.

New powers

If you remember there were skill sets that each character had in past Dragon Quest games, and those skill sets, when satisfied, allowed the gamer to unleash hell on their enemies. This Dragon Quest game and the skill sets in them are no different. However, what is different is that there will be Giga skills that the Hero will be able to access which, I feel, brought the game to a higher plateau of gaming.

The Hero will be able to use Giga Skills of different elements and deal a lethal amount of damage, but a lot of skills will be returning to the game as well such as the common Frizz and Crackle etc. However the power that the Hero will be able to wield will be his alone and it cannot be argued that he’ll have an array of powers at his disposal.

Let it be said that the Hero will not be the only one with new abilities, many of his party members will be sporting some new power as well. Also, the skill set chart is a little different in this game so one will be able to keep up with what they spent their skill points on. Definite plus!

No Jessica, but new guys are welcome

This probably goes without saying but Jessica, everyone’s favorite heroine, will not be making a cameo appearance like she did in Dragon Quest Heroes I & II; it’s not so bad though because the new guys are about as powerful as she is if not more and they’ll fill her shoes and that of their ancestors without fail. I can say that I’m looking forward to playing with the new guys especially Erik and the Hero.

Other characters that’ll be joining in on the battles will be a warrior woman who resembles Red from Dragon Quest VIII but has far more bite than Red ever did, the young lady’s name is Jade. There’ll be another young female traveling with the group named Veronica whose an avid magician who wants to be treated like she treats everyone else.

Despite the fact that these new characters are going to be and play different than many past Dragon Quest characters, it is without question that playing with them will be just as enjoyable as playing with the characters on Dragon Quest Heroes and I can also say that getting to know them will be just as fun.

Open world, differences and similarities

The open world aspect of the game returns with a vengeance and with it, new stuff with some similarities and some differences. If you recall, anytime you saw an Infamous monster on the world map in Dragon Quest 8, you couldn’t attack it only run from it. There were times when I used to wish that I could hit Mr. One Knight Stand while running at him atop the highest hill in Farebury.

Or take out my sword and hit Mr. Hood along the Argonian by-ways, but the great thing about Dragon Quest 11 is that you’ll be able to hit your enemies with your weapon which, from what I can gather, might give you a strategic start in battle i.e. going first.

I’m happy that this is in the game because I know from experience that some monsters need to be put in their place or hindered in some way so as to keep them from dealing as much damage as they’re capable. This is going to come in handy if gamers find themselves a little low on HP or need time to recover.

Conclusion

Past Dragon Quest games that many gamers treasured still live on in the hearts and minds of those gamers who still play them, but Dragon Quest XI is going to be bigger than its predecessors and twice as entertaining because its a new story and a new game. The hero will come with new powers and abilities along with new allies to help him like Erik.

The open world element of the game is back and the difference will be obvious and yet similar to past Dragon Quest games; Dragon Quest 11 is going to be the ultimate Dragon Quest game, one for the ages. If you have any questions or comments about my post then please feel free to leave me a message and I’ll get back to you before the day is out. Thank you and happy gaming.

 

 

2 Replies to “Dragon Quest XI, Echoes of an Elusive Age; Dragon Quest perfection personified ​”

  1. Ah, the good old days with PlayStation 2 have come into my mind when I saw the old Dragon Quest game for PS2.

    Dragon Quest is one of those games that has impacted the concept of all the RPG games overall, and it’s the game of the era which has put out many great titles. It also reminds me of the game Dark Clouds. Have you played it??

    1. Hey Tyler, I have played Dark Clouds, briefly. I couldn’t get into it but it did get a lot of good reviews. I’m looking forward to Dragon Quest 11 because the game is going to be dope as hell. 

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